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Philippines to increase coal consumption by 1 million tonnes through 2020

ThePhilippines intends to increase its annual coal consumption by 1 million tonnesthrough 2020 to support its economy, Reuters Africa reported July 21, citingArnulfo Robles, executive director of the Philippine Chamber of Coal Mines.

In 2015,the country's coal consumption stood at 22 million tonnes, with 80% or 17.4million tonnes of it coming almost entirely from Indonesia while in 2014, coalimports totaled 15.2 million tonnes, said the report citing government data.

Earlierthis month, Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said the country will maintain itsdependence on coalwhile concurrently increasing presence of renewables in the energy mix.

Roblesalso brought up Indonesia's controversial ban on coal shipments to the Philippines, saying it onlyinvolved small vessels but supply to the country's power producers is deliveredthrough large ships, Reuters wrote.